Graduating seniors present capstone research projects

Forty two graduating communication majors will present their capstone research projects on Monday, May 4.

Concurrent panels run from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Media Arts Center #155 and #158.

Public Speaking againSample research topics at this Senior Project Conference include reality television, parent-child relationships in transitioning to college, a study of the building that houses that Admissions Office at Keene State College, blind dating, workplace culture at Market Basket grocery store, societal views of mental illness, fair trade and organic food, and sports advertising. Students and their families as well as staff and faculty can attend.

In addition, the Department of Communication and Philosophy will celebrate “Communication Day” on Monday, May 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of the Student Center. That event will feature an awards ceremony for students, guest speaker Provost Walter Zakahi who has a doctorate in Communication, and complimentary food and refreshments.


Student research presentations

SnrProjConfpromoCome ask questions about undergraduate research at the department’s Senior Project Conference next Monday, Dec. 8.

Students enrolled in COMM 479: Senior Project this fall semester will publicly share the results of their studies. Research topics include (but are not limited to) organizational satisfaction in the workplace, parasocial relationships with celebrities, online dating applications, private disclosure between students and professors, and existential philosophy in films such as “Good Will Hunting” and “Groundhog Day” and in books such as The Great Gatsby and Into the Wild.

Concurrent student presentation panels run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., and 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in Morrison Hall Rooms #201 and #202.







Student presents on pop culture and patriarchy

COPLAC RandlettKalie Randlett, a senior who is double majoring in communication and social science, wrote a research paper on Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s 2013 MTV Music Video Award performance for a class last year. She was then competitively selected to give a poster presentation on it this weekend.

Kalie’s rhetorical analysis argues that patriarchy is upheld today in pop culture even as women try to assert their empowerment.

Kalie is one of only 17 Keene State College students who were accepted to present at the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Conference that runs November 7-8 at Keene State College.


May 5 is Communication Day

Sr Proj Conf, Sp14On Monday, May 5, students and faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy will gather to share undergraduate research and celebrate the accomplishments of honors students and graduating seniors.

This special occasion is called “Communication Day” and features the following events:

  • Panel presentations of students enrolled in Senior Project, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Media Arts Center #155 and #158
  • Poster presentations of students enrolled in Intro to Communication Studies, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., hallway in Media Arts Center
  • Pizza luncheon that also includes an awards ceremony for seniors, an honorary speaker, and the induction of new student members into Lambda Pi Eta, noon to 1 p.m., Mountain View Room in Student Center

Academic Excellence Conference

Kelsey Schild explains her research to a public audience, including graphic design faculty
Kelsey Schild ’14 explains her research to members of the public, including graphic design professionals

Facebook and the popular slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” were the focus of undergraduate research completed by two communication students who presented their findings at Keene State College’s 2014 Academic Excellence Conference on Saturday, April 5.

Lauren Piccolino gave an oral presentation titled, “True Life, I’m Addicted to Facebook: The Popularity of Facebook on College Students’ Lives.” Her faculty mentor was Dr. Chitra Akkoor.

Kelsey Schild presented a poster titled, “Keep Calm: A Rhetorical Study of a Persuasive Slogan.” Her faculty mentor was Dr. Jamie Landau.

Hands-on learning, such as undergraduate research, helps students apply what they learn in the classroom to the world around them. In the case of the research projects completed by Lauren and Kelsey, these students are now more prepared for future careers in media.


Exciting end-of-semester events

The Fall 2013 semester ends next week with two exciting events on Monday, Dec. 9:SrProjConfFa13

  • Senior Project Conference- communication majors will present individual research projects that they completed this fall in the capstone course, COMM 479: Senior Project.
  • Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony- new members of the communication honor society will receive certificates, honor cords, and lapel pins, as well as Dean Andy Harris will be the honorary speaker.

All students enrolled in courses offered by the Department of Communication and Philosophy are encouraged to attend.